May 24, 2006—WASHINGTON – In a surprise move yesterday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “most of the country” to return to a speed limit of 55 mph in an effort to slash fuel consumption.
“The 55-mile speed limit really does lower gas usage. And wherever it can be required, and the people will accept it, we ought to do it,” Clinton said at the National Press Club.
She’s right, of course, it will save on gas usage… assuming anyone actually obeys the speed limit. Judging from the number of people who whip past me doing 90 to 110 on the freeway every morning while I putt-putt along at the 70 MPH limit I’d have to say that the only effect her proposal is likely to have is to keep her out of the White House. By and large people aren’t accepting th current 70 MPH limit so why the hell would she think anyone would accept the 55 MPH limit? Surely she’s ridden on the freeways? Surely she’s seen how people drive? How stupid can she possible be?